Scott Weidensaul was the guest speaker, via Zoom from his home in New Hampshire, at the first gathering of Seabrook Island Birders for 2023. We met at the Oyster Catcher Community Center for some social time and discussed his book “A World on the Wing” published in 2021. We had 37 people present in-person and 21 via Zoom. Scott joined early enough to hear Bob Mercer update us on the activities of our own Shorebird Steward Program and then he presented a 50 minute program on worldwide bird migration. This was followed by questions on the use of technology in monitoring migration, the physiological changes in birds around migration and if there will be information gathered that can be applied to human medicine, and whether we understand how a young bird learns to migrate.
Scott is a naturalist and ornithologist involved in many projects researching bird migration. He is also a writer, having published many books and articles on birds and the migratory process. The recording of the program is available on our YouTube Channel for one month if you are interested in viewing it. If you prefer, SIB will feature Scott’s presentation during our next Movie Matinee (only virtual) at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, February 14, 2023. Register to watch it with us on Zoom.
During the program, Scott Weidensaul mentioned a few websites you may want to explore:
- www.motus.org – The Motus Wildlife Tracking System (Motus) is an international collaborative research network that uses coordinated automated radio telemetry to facilitate research and education on the ecology and conservation of migratory animals. Motus is a program of Birds Canada in partnership with collaborating researchers and organizations.
- https://www.projectsnowstorm.org/ – Dedicated to the study and research of the movement of Snowy Owls
Additional information on Scott, his prior publications, interviews and his current activities is available on his website, scottweidensaul.com.
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